The Australian Research Council to fund 17 elite researchers
The fellowships provide a five-year salary supplement on top of Level E pay from their institution, plus two postdocs for five years, two postgrads for four and a $300 000 per annum project funding.
This year’s fellows are:
ANU: Rupert Grafton (Indigenous Australians relationship with water). Barry Pogson (synthetic biology to create higher-yield resilient plants)
James Cook U: David Bellwood (ecosystems of coral reefs)
Monash U: John Grundy (human-centric software). Lynette Russell (database of Indigenous Australians contact with sea-farers).
RMIT: Yi-Min (Mike) Xie (computational process for manufacturing)
Uni Melbourne: Nina Wedell (insecticide resistance in flies)
UNSW: Kaarin Anstey (cognitive ageing). Liming Dai (carbon-based catalysis processes for renewable energy). Andrew Dzurak (commercial-ready quantum computer processor).
Uni Queensland: Debra Bernhardt (molecular simulation models and clean energy). Sara Dolnicar (predictive theory of pro-environment behaviour in leisure/tourism). Lianzhou Wang (creating fuel and chemicals from water and carbon dioxide)
Uni Sydney: Marcela Bilek (porous and dispersed materials in biomedicine).
UWA: Enrico Valdinoci (mathematical analysis)
UTS: Jie Lu (big data and machine learning)
Western Sydney U: Belinda Medlyn (predictive model, Australian vegetation dynamics)